SBL wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Happens to everyone
TIentirelyTCR. Nothing else needs to be said. Most people interviewed don't get callbacks, even if things go well.
My strong belief is that screening interviewers have nearly total "ding" authority (i.e. if they say "this guy was kind of a fuckstick, I'd pass" the committee isn't going to bat an eyelash about not calling the person back). But when it comes to actually offering callbacks, most firms just take the interviewers thoughts into account while making a committee decision. Which means the "great interview" or "meh" interview gets boiled into a few diplomatic phrases on a write up or tossed around in a meeting.
As an example, I saw the "evaluation" form used at the callback stage at one firm. It was basically three questions, each with a scale: How smart is the candidate, how articulate/presentable is the candidate, and hire / don't hire / don't care. My guess is many also include "interest in firm" and "interest in region" or "interest in practice area" - but beyond that, the decisions are by and large being made by a committee looking at your paper credentials + a write up of impressions from the interview, meaning what goes down during those 20-30 minutes is probably in most cases much less important than people walk away feeling.